Border crossing Trat - Koh kong
Trip Start Feb 26, 2006
53Trip End Sep 16, 2006
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Some initial impressions of Cambodia--
1. There does not seem to be any formal public transportation, only private motorcycles/boats/Toyota Camrys, all too willing to give you a ride for hugely inflated tourist prices (these informal motorcycle taxis are called "motos" or less commonly "motodops"). While I was arguing with someone over their quoted price, Eva became quite industrious and negotiated our way onto a vegetable truck for $1.00 to cover the 7 minute ride (which the motos wanted to charge $3.00 for.) Before you say anything, let me remind you that we are in Cambodia..
2. The place definitely feels much poorer than Thailand. Koh Kong has one small paved road that rings the city, but all the interior roads are dirt, filled with potholes. We do feel a little more nervous in this new environment as we'd heard many stories of bag snatchings and crime here, but these stories are largely limited to the cities of Sihanoukville and the capital of Phnom Penh. Still, we are cautious.
We're spending just a quick overnight here, as the fast boat to Sihanoukville departs only one time at 8:30 am. Hope we remember to set the alarm clock.
1. Mangos are much cheaper here and I can buy them with Thai Baht, American dollars or Cambodia Riel.
3. This is the first time in my life I got "attacked" by a guy, even though just got a grab in my waist. Adam and I were walking down the street when a young guy grabbed at my waist and ran away! I was still feeling dizzy after having taken a motion sickness pill. So when I realize what just happened to me, I threw some rocks at him. If I had been my normal self, the guy will definitely know my Chinese kung FU!!!!!!!
4. The street is much dirtier than in Thailand. People throw trash everywhere, so it's hard to tell where is trash box or not.